The GOP in South Carolina has delivered Republican frontrunner Donald Trump with a disturbing ultimatum, and other states are set to follow.
According to Daily Mail, South Carolina GOP Chairman Matt Moore has confirmed that all candidates running as Republicans in the state must pledge allegiance to the eventual GOP nominee, therefore promising that they will not run as an independent. Any candidate who refuses to make the pledge will be left off the ballot in South Carolina.
At least two other states, Virginia and North Carolina, are thinking about issuing a similar pledge. The deadline to sign the document is September 30, and candidates like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have already done so.
This is clearly directed at Trump, who has famously refused to say whether he will support the eventual GOP nominee. A spokeswoman for Trump refused to comment about this pledge, but a few weeks ago Trump told CNN that he is still thinking about running as an independent if he doesn’t get the nomination.
“I want to keep that door open,” Trump said. “I have to keep that door open because if something happens where I’m not treated fairly I may very well use that door.”
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